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Making merit in bangkok

Northerners find common ground in the capital for a celebration that weaves together food, music and dance

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Every year the northern Thai community in Thailand gather at Wat Benchamabophit to celebrate a festival called Tan Kuay Salak. Although this year's event has already past _ it took place early in October _ it will be held again next year on the same day. It has been a tradition in Bangkok for almost 50 years and the schedule is well established. 

the Tan Kuay Salak festival is a colourful affair.

The Tan Kuay Salak festival has been a traditional fixture on the northern calendar for many generations, and when northerners come to Bangkok, they join together to celebrate it in the capital. It is held at Wat Benchamabophit because all of the monks there are northerners. There are many reasons why the festival is held in early October and why it takes the form it does.

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